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“A place of reflection”

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Owner description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The Place of Refuge is a quiet, peaceful area with many historical artifact. There are plenty of guides, volunteer teachers, and general information available for you to learn from, and learn about. I recommend you spending a couple of hours here learning how to live after breaking a kapu!

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We loved this site. We were there first thing in the morning and it was beautiful and peaceful. We started walking through and realized they had an audio tour through your cell phone. We didn't have our phones with us but I'm sure it would have added to the experience. We used the pamphlet which described each of the areas and felt like we understood what we were seeing. The one thing we didn't realize is that next door is apparently a very popular snorkeling area. We wished we would have known this so we could have brought our gear. I'd definitely recommend this park.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We were pleasantly surprised when we visited this National Park during our recent visit to Hawaii. It is a peaceful place, full of history, and knowledgable park guides. It was a great way to learn more about the Hawaiian culture and history. It is actually a very sacred place and you truly feel it as you travel the grounds.

Thank jlaway
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

This historic Hawaiian site and National Park (since '61) probably the best existing location of a "place of refuge" from the Hawaiian traditions before the end of the Kapu system and the Westernization of the islands. On the Kona side of the Big Island, about 12-15 miles South of Kailua-Kona and off R11, on 160. Dates to mid-1500s. Many interesting sights to include temples, living quarters of the Ali'i and the "great wall" that separated the royals from the "refuge" on the seaward side of the wall. Those vanquished in battle or who committed one of many offenses that would risk the wrath of the ancient Hawaiian's deities could come here and receive absolution from the kahuna pule (priests).

Thank johnmc82
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Once again, our forsaken national park system proves they do it right. Respecting both the geography and culture of early Hawaii, the site preserves one of the more sacred island sites. The one remaining "refuge" has been preserved in a way that allows the visitor the freedom to walk the grounds comfortably with or without a guide. ....depending upon the degree of learning you want. Bring a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and a camera to enjoy the reconstructed buildings and refurbished grounds.

Thank elgreco251
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